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Mountain Heart PAD Q&A What is PAD? Peripheral arterial disease or PAD (sometimes called peripheral vascular disease) is a condition, caused by the blockage or narrowing of the body’s large arteries to the limbs, kidneys, and stomach. Lack of proper blood flow to the legs is very common in this condition. Many patients experience leg pain with walking (claudication), which occurs as a result of the lack of oxygen to the muscle tissue. It’s estimated that 1 in 20 Americans over the age of 50 has PAD and between 12 and 20 percent of Americans age 65 and older suffer from the disease, though many are “silent” cases that don’t have symptoms What are the symptoms of PAD? Symptoms commonly appear as tight, achy pain in the muscles of the legs, buttocks and thighs while walking or climbing stairs. This is called claudication. Weak legs, cold/numb feet and toes, sores that won’t heal, and foot pain at rest are other symptoms. Severe PAD can cause changes in the skin of the feet and legs. Why is PAD a wake-up call? Peripheral arterial disease can be a red flag to more extensive problems such as heart disease. We often think of clogged artery disease, or arteriosclerosis, as something that only happens in the heart. Yet for some people, the leg pain caused by PAD acts as an “early warning” that someone is at high risk for a heart attack or a stroke. So that leg pain can save your life if you seek treatment for PAD. When should you see a doctor? You should see your primary care doctor or one the physicians at Mountain Heart if you experience leg pain while walking that goes away at rest, you have foot or toe pain at rest, or wounds on your legs or feet that won’t heal. Happy Heart Call today for your Cardiac Consultation 928.226.6400 Mountain Heart welcomes Dr. David Leder, MD, FACC Dr. Leder specializes in complex coronary interventions and advanced vascular interventions. Dr. Leder’s expertise and special interests include: - General and Interventional Cardiology - Treatment of Critical Limb Ischemia - Peripheral Arterial Disease - Symptomatic Venous Disease - Endovascular Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair - Mesenteric and Renal Intervention Dr. Leder recently worked for AMITA Health Medical Group Heart and Vascular in suburban Chicago. He completed his Fellowships at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School and St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Tufts University. Dr. Leder is Board Certified in Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease, Vascular Medicine and Endovascular Intervention. He is also Board Certified in Nuclear Cardiology and RVPI-Registered Vascular Ultrasound Interpretation. 2000 S. Thompson St. Flagstaff, AZ

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